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All Over the Place

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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B000VOG1CQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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By A Customer on November 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The first full length album released by the Bangles is still far and away the best. If you've never really heard the Bangles before, start here. Prior to "Manic Monday", "Walk Like an Egyptian", and -egads- "Eternal Flame", this was the way the Bangles sounded, and it was good. They had the perfect harmonies, a rougher edge and a slightly grungier style. Most songs on this disc were penned, in whole or part, by Vicki Peterson (the best songwriter in the group), two great covers sung by Debbi Peterson, but unfortunately no lead vocals by Michael Steele (the only drawback). The Bangles were at their best like this, when no one member was the main focus and the music was.
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Before their breakup in the late 80s, the Bangles released 3 albums. "All Over the Place" was the debut album of "The Bangles". This represents the pre-"Manic Monday" work by the Bangles. "All Over the Place" didn't have any Top 40 hits. In fact, this album is overshadowed by the hugely commercial "Different Light" and "Everything" albums, however this album should not be overlooked. This album represents as solid a debut album as anything and greatly benefits from the lack of commercialism on it. These tracks have some very nice lyrics and are complimented with superb instrumentation.
The Bangles aren't a band that just sings. The four female members each play an integral part to the music of the album. All four members do vocals and three members (Debbi Peterson, Vicki Peterson, Susanna Hoffs) actually do lead vocals (Michael Steele does background vocals). The members also play their own instruments: Hoffs and Vicki Peterson play guitars, Michael Steele plays Bass, and Debbi Peterson is the drummer. All songs except the Katrina and the Waves "Going Down to Liverpool" were written by the members of the band. While there is a perception that Susanna Hoffs is the lead vocalist, this really isn't the case on "All Over the Place". Vicki and Debbi do an outstanding job at lead vocals as well. Susanna is the lead vocalist on 4 tracks ("Hero Takes A Fall", "James", "Dover Beach", "He's Got a Secret"), Vicki is the lead vocalist on "All About You", "Restless", "Silent Treatment", Susanna and Vicki share leads on ("Tell Me") while Debbi and Vicki share lead vocals on "More Than Meets the Eye".
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I'm a Bangles fanatic and collector, so it comes as no surprise that I award this album 5 stars. The songs are totally brilliant! But what I really want to talk about is the various issues of this album I own. Firstly, this Cherry Pop re-issue has not been remastered. I've compared it to the original Columbia CD issued during the 80's and they are both identical in every way. Now this is where things take a strange turn: I'm so glad they haven't remastered this album for the UK market. I own the Japanese Columbia remaster and American Wounded Bird remaster, they both came out about the same time. The American and Japanese remasters are a total assault on your ear drums and are totally unlistenable through headphones, in fact it's painful. All Over The Place was originally mastered loud and at high frequency on the first CD issue anyway, it certainly didn't need pumping up anymore. Thankfully Cherry Pop have swiped the original master, put in some nice sleeve notes and the original B side to Hero Takes A Fall as a bonus track. So then, this is the one to own on CD. However, none of the CD issues of this album have ever used the vinyl mix. The correct mix! Time to dig out your record player. Crikey, being a Bangles fanatic is so complicated.
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Pop quiz: Name the L.A. area band with sibling guitarist and drummer, a bassist named Michael, and pouty prima dona lead singer. If you said Van Halen, you win, and were probably rockin' out to "Jump" the same year that our quiz's other correct answer, The Bangles, released their gem of a debut.

Whether you call their music "paisley underground" (ugh), pop, power pop, girl group, or just rock & roll, The Bangles delivered a wonderful album of up-tempo, jangly rock that sounded like the Go-Go's covering the Byrds (or the Pandoras with a lot less paisley). "All Over The Place" was their purest album, before they overtly sought fame and fortune on their next two albums by mainstreaming their sound.

Bonus hypothesis: while I can't prove it, I think the Smithereens were singing about Michael Steele in "Behind The Wall of Sleep":

"She had hair like Jeanie Shrimpton back in 1965.
She had legs that never ended; I was halfway paralyzed.
She was tall and cool and pretty and she dressed as black as coal.
...
Well, she held a bass guitar and she was playing in a band.
And she stood just like Bill Wyman. Now I am her biggest fan."

Now I ask you, who else could it be?

A great album from the most recent hurrah of power pop, the early 1980's. Five stars.
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I always loved this album. Before the Bangles met Prince and became a little more pop, they were writing harder rocking tunes with those fantastic vocal harmonies. It's as if the Mamas and the Papas had listened to the Yardbirds and didn't mind a little fuzz guitar here and there. That's not to imply that this record is hard rock or anything: it's pure pop candy with a slightly harder edge than "Different Light."

The shame is most people bypass this album because it didn't have any major US hits. Like Blondie's "Plastic Letters" album, this one has largely been forgotten and that's a crime.
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